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Conclusion

Passive-aggressive managers, like other rigid managers, are inflexible, dislike compromise, and will not go along with the wishes of others (see Table 20-1). Rather than outwardly insisting that things be done their way, however, they try to block others’ plans by procrastination and negativism.

Passive-aggressive managers and employees are very frustrating to deal with. We intuitively feel that they are sticking it to us. Their wasting our time and interfering with our work can be infuriating. It is helpful to remember that their negativism and foot-dragging is generally unconscious to them. Moreover, it is driven by their sense of powerlessness. Imagine them as young children trying to protect themselves and not knowing how. One way or another, it is important to find a way to not let them get to you, since you have better things to do with your energy than become furious with them. Most of all, do not count on them to do things on time or according to your instructions. The more crucial it is that they follow directions and meet deadlines, and the more pressure you put on them, the more likely they are to sabotage you. Do not give them the weapons to blow you up.


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